LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 9, 2017
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Jan. 11 --- at Wyoming, 7 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
Sat., Jan. 14 --- at San Diego State, 8 p.m. (MT) (ESPN3)
• Utah State men’s basketball (8-7, 2-2) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a pair of Mountain West road games at Wyoming (11-5, 1-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., and at San Diego State (8-7, 0-3) on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. (MT). USU’s game at UW will be televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683), while its game at SDSU will be streamed live on ESPN3. USU is 26-48 all-time against UW, including a 6-29 road record, and 3-7 all-time against SDSU, including a 1-3 road record.
W, 79-75 --- NEW MEXICO
W, 79-63 --- UNLV
• Utah State went 2-0 last week in Mountain West play at home with a 79-75 win against New Mexico, followed by a 79-63 win against UNLV. Against the Lobos, freshmen guards Koby McEwen (18) and Sam Merrill (13) appeared together in the starting lineup for the first time together and combined to score 31 points. Merrill also recorded a career-high eight assists and three steals as the Aggies shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the floor, 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) at the free throw line. UNM shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) from the floor, 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from behind the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (15-of-20) at the free throw line. Against UNLV, McEwen tied a true freshman scoring mark with 28 points, including 24 in the second half, and added career highs of seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks. USU shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the floor, 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from behind the 3-point line and 60.0 percent (6-of-10) at the free throw line. UNLV shot 36.9 percent (24-of-65) from the floor, 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from behind the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (12-of-16) at the charity stripe.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Jan. 13 --- UTAH STATE TRI MEET, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (1-1, 0-0) continues its 2017 season this week with its first home meet of the year as it hosts North Carolina State (0-1) and Bowling Green (0-3) in a tri meet on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.
2nd, 191.600 --- at Arizona Tri Meet
• Utah State opened the 2017 campaign by splitting a tri meet last week, falling to host Arizona, while defeating Texas Woman’s at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats won the meet with a 194.025, the Aggies finished second with a 191.600 and the Pioneers recorded a 189.500. Madison Ward was the lone Aggie to capture an event title as the sophomore won the floor with a 9.825. Utah State began the meet on beam and recorded a 47.025, highlighted by freshman Elle Golison’s 9.600. In the second rotation, USU moved to floor, where Ward helped the Aggies record a team score of 48.550. Golison led the way for the Aggies after they moved to vault, earning a 9.700 to tie for second, helping USU record a team score of 48.225. USU closed the meet on bars, where senior Keri Peel notched a 9.750 to tie for third and help the Aggies record a 47.800.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Jan. 11 --- WYOMING, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 14 --- SAN DIEGO STATE, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (8-7, 1-3) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a pair of Mountain West home games as it hosts Wyoming (11-3, 3-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., and San Diego State (7-7, 2-1) on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Both games will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network, while all USU home games are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 8-16 all-time against the Cowgirls and 3-5 all-time against the Aztecs.
L, 67-78 --- at New Mexico
L, 53-55 OT --- at UNLV
• Utah State posted an 0-2 record last week as it dropped a pair of Mountain West road games at New Mexico (78-67) and at UNLV (55-53) in overtime. Against the Lobos, the Aggies were led by freshman guard Olivia West, who scored a career-best 19 points. Freshman forward Hailey Bassett joined her in double figures with 11 points. Freshman forward Shannon Dufficy led USU with nine rebounds, but the Lobos out-rebounded the Aggies, 40-36. Overall, USU shot 41.0 percent (25-of-61) from the field, including 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from the 3-point line, and was 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the free throw line. UNM shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the field, 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from behind the arc and 76.9 percent (20-of-26) from the free throw line. Against the Lady Rebels, freshman guard Eliza West led the Aggies with 13 points, while sophomore guard Rachel Brewster added 12 points. Defensively, Brewster and Bassett each recorded a career-best 12 rebounds, giving Brewster her first-career double-double. On the night, USU shot 33.3 percent (21-of-63) from the field, including 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from the 3-point line, and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line. UNLV shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from the field, 11.1 percent (3-of-27) from behind the arc and 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from the free throw line.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Jan. 14 --- at UC Irvine, 12 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Jan. 15 --- at San Diego, 1 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State men’s tennis (0-0, 0-0) will begin its 2017 spring season this week with a pair of dual matches in California. The Aggies will face UC Irvine on Saturday, Jan. 14, at noon (MT) and San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. (MT). USU competed in six events during the fall and was led by junior transfer Kai Wehnelt, who posted a 14-3 singles record highlighted by a second-place finish at the ITA Mountain Region Tournament, the best finish in program history. Seniors Daniel Echeverry and Jack Swindells both recorded 10-4 records, while junior Andrew Nakajima went 8-5 and sophomore Samuel Serrano went 6-4. Overall, the Aggies boast seven returners from last season’s squad that claimed the Mountain West regular season title with a 6-1 league mark and a 21-8 overall record. The 21 wins are a program record. Swindells and junior Jaime Barajas both earned all-MW honors in singles last season, with Barajas also adding MW Player of the Year honors after going 5-0 in league play at the No. 1 spot.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 13-14 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams will begin their respective 2017 seasons this weekend at the Boise State-hosted Ed Jacoby Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14, in Nampa, Idaho. Last season, Utah State’s men placed second with 141 points at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, while the women finished ninth with 33 points. Overall, 11 different Aggies earned all-conference accolades a total of 19 times.
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